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Great Courses: The Great Trials of World History And the Lessons They Teach Us

Thursday, April 15

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday, April 1st, 15th and 29th at 11:00 am. No understanding of the past is complete without an understanding of the legal battles that have shaped it. In The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us, Professor Douglas O. Linder takes you back in time to revisit history’s most famous (and infamous) trials, including the Salem Witch Trials, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the Nuremburg Trials, and the Trial of O. J. Simpson.

April 1: The Boston Massacre Trials (Episode 7) The Aaron Burr Conspiracy Trial (Episode 8) The Amistad Trials (Episode 9)
April 15: The Dakota Conflict Trials (Episode 10) The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial (Episode 11) The Trial of Louis Riel (Episode 12)
 April 29: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Episode 13) The Trial of Sheriff Joseph Shipp (Episode 14) The Leopold and Loeb Trial (Episode 15)

For more information about the episodes in the series Prof. Linder includes additional resources and also trials not in the series. Famous Trials

Suggested readings:

(Episode 7) Hinderaker, Eric., The Boston Massacre. (Put a hold on it) Zabin, Serena. The Boston Massacre: A Family History. (Put a hold on it) (download on Overdrive) (download ebook or audio on Hoopla) Zobel, Hiller. The Boston Massacre. (Put a hold on it) (Episode 8) Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder. (Put a hold on it) (download on Overdrive) Stewart, David. American Emperor. (Put a hold on it) (download the audio on Hoopla) (Episode 9) Jones, Howard. The Mutiny on the Amistad. (Put a hold on it) Owens, William. Slave Mutiny. (Put a hold on it) Rediker, Marcus. The Amistad Rebellion (Put a hold on it) (download audio on Hoopla)
(Episode 10) Anderson, Gary Clayton. Through Dakota Eyes (Put a hold on it) (Episode 11) Swanson, James. Lincoln’s Assassins (Put a hold on it) Kauffman, Michael. American Brutus (Put a hold on it) (download on Hoopla) Steers, Edward. Blood on the Moon. (Put a hold on it) Tidwell, William, et al. Come Retribution. (Put a hold on it)(Episode 12) Howard Joseph. Strange Empire. (Put a hold on it) (download on Hoopla)
(Episode 13) Holland, Merlin. The Real Trial of Oscar Wilde. (Put a hold on it) (Episode 14) Curriden, Mark & Phillips, Leroy. Contempt of Court (Put a hold on it) (Episode 15) Baatz, Simon. For the Thrill of It. (Put a hold on it) (download on Overdrive) Leopold, Nathan. Life Plus 99 Years. (Put a hold on it)

These episodes are available for viewing using the library’s streaming service Kanopy.

If you have not previously created an account with Kanopy, first set up your account through the library’s website so you have a free subscription.

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